Tim Habraken receives IWBI Leadership Recognition Award

International award recognises leadership in sustainability

Tim Habraken, Associate Director of Sustainability at CBRE, has been honoured with the Leadership Recognition Award, given out by the International WELL Building Institute (IWBI). With the award, IWBI recognises Habraken’s commitment to improving buildings and thereby promoting the health and well-being of the people working in them. Each year, the award is presented to one member of a select group of sustainability professionals from all over the world who are involved in the WELL building certification process. It is the first time that a Dutch sustainability expert has received this international award.

For Habraken, the award came as a pleasant surprise.

As an advisor at CBRE, I work together with my team on a daily basis to make buildings more sustainable, smarter and healthier – WELL certification is part of that. We did not expect to win an award, but it’s nice to see our work being recognised! Above all, it’s a team effort: together with our colleagues and partners, we work hard every day to improve the built environment and to help our clients make their real estate more sustainable.
Tim Habraken, Associate Director Sustainability

The leading standard for healthy buildings

IWBI is the organisation behind the WELL certificate for offices that offer a healthy working environment. These certificates are recognised internationally as the leading standard for healthy buildings. WELL certification can be obtained by building owners and users, and provides independent verification of the health performance of the building in question. To obtain a certificate, buildings must pass an assessment of various elements, such as the air and water quality, the availability of light, and the effects of the building on the dietary habits, physical and mental fitness, and comfort of its occupants.

First WELL certification in the Netherlands

In his capacity as a WELL-Accredited Professional (AP), Tim Habraken was responsible for the first WELL certification in the Netherlands: Blaak 16 in Rotterdam, which recently achieved the “Gold” standard. He was also behind the first WELL building in the United Kingdom: The Porter Building in Slough. Together with his team, Habraken is currently working on more than 25 WELL projects. In addition, he’s involved in the development of a WELL approach for several buildings simultaneously.


At the moment, Habraken is also working hard to secure the highest achievable WELL certificate for The CORE, CBRE’s new office building, which is set to open in early 2019. Here, CBRE is applying the latest trends in real estate as well as scientific insights regarding cooperation, health, technology and sustainability.

About CBRE

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